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Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by nleggatt, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. nleggatt

    nleggatt Member

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    My wife asked an interesting question "can we plug a cooler in in the trunk, frunk, or inside of the car"

    Anyone?
     
  2. JohnQ

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    There are 12V coolers on the market (we've used one in the minivan for years on our road trips). I would put it on the floor in the back seats and just plug it into the outlet under the armrests.
     
  3. JakeP

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    Several models of these plug-in coolers also feature cupholders, which is nice for the rear passengers. I was considering getting one also, though I was wary about the impact of the 12V load on range. On the one hand, the draw is probable miniscule compared to the Wh/mi used to power the car, but on the other hand, Tesla has been noticeably parsimonious with features that would have provided additional electrical draw (lighted mirrors, additional 12V and USB jacks in the read, power folding mirrors, heated rear seats, to name a few).
     
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    Given the grief with inverters, I would ask TM first.
     
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    Can somebody give advice on a nice plugin cooler?
    If yes please report a link where to buy it.
     
  6. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    I heard there's a cooler coming for the recessed part of the Frunk; but I have no idea if it plugs in, I'd guess not. Besides, freezer packs work great.
     
  7. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Source of this info? (Neat!)
     
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    There are no places to plug in in the frunk or trunk. Though I think it would be pretty easy to add an accessory outlet in the frunk, since it is right next to the fuse boxes.
     
  9. mknox

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    What grief? I have an inverter and wasn't aware of any issues???
     
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    Roadster had issues with them. Model S does not (I asked). I also use an inverter without issue.
     
  11. NigelM

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    Someone who works at a car company beginning with "T".....
     
  12. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I've heard the same thing - a cooler that will roll back into that space. There has been no mention of plugging it in, but yep, ice packs work just fine.
     
  13. Rodolfo Paiz

    Rodolfo Paiz P85 "Plug and Play"

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    We really need at least one 12V power port in both the trunk and the frunk.
     
  14. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    And the second row. Truck would be great for the kids in the 3rd. And it could power the fan I have back there. I'm currently using an extension cord.
     
  15. Aussie

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    Do you have a pic of that setup?
     
  16. mknox

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    Yeah, for an electric vehicle, I am a bit surprised at the lack of electrical outlets. A few years ago, I had an SUV with three 12v outlets on the dash (actually two plus a cigarette lighter) one in the second row area and one in the cargo area. Even my little Pontiac Vibe has 12v outlets and a 120v outlet on the dash.

    I particularly like cargo area outlets for things like electric coolers and to plug 12v tire pumps into.
     
  17. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    That sounds like an RV! Seriously though, what on earth was the point of all those?
     
  18. mknox

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    I actually saw a newer version of that SUV a couple of years later, and they had toned down the number on the front dash to one.

    This was before ubiquitous USB and I had a work BlackBerry and a personal Windows Mobile phone, so I kept both of those front ports occupied with charger cables. I used the lighter to sometimes plug my MP3 player's charger into. I used the one in the cargo area from time to time for the Coolatron, and occasionally the kids would want to plug something in to the back seat.

    Even my past Cadillac CTS had a 12v outlet in the back seat as well as one on the dash and one in the center console (plus USB in the center console).
     
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    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Front: Radar detector, GPS/Nav, phone.
    Back: Kid's video game.
     
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    Bumping up this thread..

    anyone bought an electric cooler and kept it in the car plugged in that they can recommend?
    I've already done the traditional cooler / ice bags thing but would rather do a plug in.
    Have no idea which one to buy.
     

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